Avalon feature victory for Jamie Veal

WARRNAMBOOL driver Jamie Veal’s breakout season reaped another trophy on Sunday night.

Veal took out the Great Southern Sprintcar Showdown with a comfortable victory at Avalon Raceway.

The win complemented his fourth place finish at Simpson on Saturday night and ensured he collected the showdown title.

Both meetings were part of the Sprintcar Racing Association of Victoria (SRA) series.

Veal, who will compete in the SRA series grand final at Premier Speedway on March 22, won the showdown title from Mike Van Bremen, Shaun Dobson and Simpson’s John Vogels.

“I think since the Lismore round of World Series (Sprintcars) we’ve really been improving each night,” Veal said.

“It all comes together well when you get everything just right. At the moment we’ve been doing that and now I want to do really well at my home track in a couple of weeks and hopefully get the same result.”

Veal led for the 30-lap journey at Avalon to win from Dobson and Van Bremen, who is set to retire at season’s end after 19 years in the sport.

Veal started from position two and showed blistering speed. It was too much for Dobson,  who gave chase after getting to second on lap eight.

The pair battled through lapped traffic inside the first four laps and waged their own race to the finish.

Michael Tancredi put in his best performance in fourth after a tense battle with rookie Luke Walker. 

The leading pair came close late in the race to changing positions at a restart, when Dennis Jones and Wayne Logue became hooked together and spun on the main straight, claiming Simpson’s Phil Lock, who drove into the tangled mess.

Veal’s victory ensured a thrilling climax to the SRA series, with the gap between leader Jeremy Cross, of Dubbo, Melbourne’s Brett Milburn and Dobson shrinking, with 61 points separating the top three.

Allansford’s Stephen Bell, who won at Simpson on Saturday night, had a dramatic night. He was to start the final from position six but motor problems prompted him to abandon his car and drive Darren Hickman’s. 

The swap meant he had to start from the rear of the field, working his way from 18th to 11th.

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